Max Borrowman Does The Dishes

Juniper's talented bar manager takes us on a delicious trip around Vancouver for the best breakfasts, lunches, happy hours, dinners and more.
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Max Borrowman Does The Dishes


The Dishes is a new Scout column that asks Vancouverites to walk us through a map of their ideal day and night on the town. We’re talking breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night cocktails. Tax and tip included.

For this week’s edition of The Dishes, we ask Juniper bar manager Max Borrowman to show us on the map exactly where he gets his fill of Vancouver…

Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?

Well, as a matter of fact, Juniper opened for Sunday brunch on Mothers’ Day so I’m a little biased right now having tasted the delicious dishes the kitchen has been testing. But aside from Juniper I would have to say Bows and Arrows. All too often I find that places that do good brunch in Vancouver do good food and rubbish coffee. Having lived in Melbourne, Australia (where it is second nature to have both coffee game and delicious eats) that just doesn’t cut it for me. Bows and Arrows has both and that means a lot to me.

Juniper 185 Keefer St. MAP
Bows & Arrows 4194 Fraser St. MAP

Where should we meet for coffee/tea?

Best stand alone coffee in town would be Revolver in Gastown or Greenhorn in the West End. I’m a total coffee snob so I’ll drive for a good cup. There’s a little neighbourhood spot close to my apartment that’s really good too called Elysian. I go there most frequently.

Revolver Coffee 325 Cambie St. MAP
Greenhorn Espresso Bar 994 Nicola St. MAP
Elysian Coffee 1100 Burrard St. MAP

Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?

Depends on the weather. If it’s nice out I often find myself having a burger at the Local at Kits Beach or having some good vegan food at Heirloom in South Granville. If the weather is misbehaving I’ll hit up a ramen spot. Favourites are Jinya, Taishoken, and Danbo.

Jinya Ramen Bar 541 Robson St. MAP
Taishoken 515 Abbott St. MAP
Ramen Danbo 1833 W 4th Ave. MAP

Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?

I have to assume we are hungry again! L’Abattoir fits the bill here for sure. I think it’s something like half price appies and they are delicious and well designed dishes. Great value! If we were just looking for a drink I would say Juniper. We have great cocktails on tap and also a few new happy hour drinks that are very tasty indeed.

L'Abattoir 2178 Carrall St. MAP

What’s for dinner?

Last night I went for a dinner, spur of the moment, to AnnaLena in Kits. I have to say I have been there in the past and I didn’t get all the fuss. But last night was probably the best dining experience I have ever had in Vancouver and I’ve lived here since 2010. I would go back in a heartbeat if I wasn’t at work right now!

AnnaLena 1809 West 1st Ave. MAP

What’s for dessert?

Not a sweet tooth guy but we had petite fours at AnnaLena and they were excellent.


Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?

The Keefer Bar. I always run into people I know there and that just adds to the atmosphere for me. Plus it’s down the street from Juniper so we have a good camaraderie with their bartenders. But if I were looking for something a little different I would check out the Shameful Tiki Room. They have a cool tropical vibe and the best nachos in the city. Their cocktails are super fruity and always tasty. Try the FOMO Daiquiri (it’s off menu but it’s the best Daiquiri I’ve ever had) The only problem with the Shameful is I never remember my night the next day. Not too sure why;)

Keefer Bar 135 Keefer St MAP
Shameful Tiki Room 4362 Main St. MAP

There is 1 comment

  1. Stumbling upon Juniper Kitchen & Bar after a great day of exploring Chinatown, I must admit, the expertly crafted cocktails by Max Borrowman and staff, encompass the milieu that has come to be expected.

    Furthermore, the establishment does not set a presumptuous tone. Juniper allows for a healthy, yet welcoming camaraderie among it’s cohort.

    The conscientious appropriation of spirits within Juniper’s cocktails is a true fusion that embraces the diversity that formulates Vancouver’s population.

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